Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Family Seeks $5 Million in Damages After Fatal Accident in Galloway Township; Charges Filed

On May 1, 2014, a Tort Claim Notice was filed against the State of New Jersey, Atlantic County and the Township of Galloway by Egg Harbor Township based Attorney Paul R. D’Amato, Esq. of the D’Amato Law Firm. 

The Tort Claim was filed on behalf of the family for the Estate of Elizabeth Torpey following an accident that claimed Torpey’s life on March 19, 2014 in Galloway Township.
According to the accident report, the fatal accident occurred on South Liepzig Avenue and West Country Club Drive. Torpey and her friend, Anna Jordan, were walking on the sidewalk, when Torpey was fatally struck by a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Sharon Musher, of Philadelphia, PA. Jordan was also hit by Musher’s vehicle, but was treated and released from the hospital.

According to documents released by Galloway Township Municipal Court, on March 20, 2014, Musher was charged with Careless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lane. Both indicating Death / Serious Bodily Injury occurred. According to Roseanne Lugg, Court Administrator for Galloway Township, the charges have been sent to the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office for Investigation. 
The Estate claims negligence on the behalf of the governmental entities. According to the Tort Claim Notice, the entities allegedly permitted unsafe conditions on Liepzig Avenue which directly resulted in Musher losing control of her vehicle. The Estate alleges that guardrails were not installed to avert vehicles from entering onto land where pedestrians would walk and various potholes were never patched.
Torpey’s Estate is seeking $5 million in damages and other acts of negligence which will be revealed during the discovery phase of litigation.

Staff Writer Amy Landicini
Contributing Writer Publisher Lisa Tilton


Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, John Hoffman was the Acting Attorney General of this state. I also don't see how they can be held liable as this is a county controlled roadway.

Anonymous said...

Always an ambulance / hearse chasing scumbag lawyer ready to look for deep pockets. Following the logic of that dumb argument, guardrails need to be put anywhere there is a sidewalk or walkway on a roadway because there is always the chance a vehicle could veer off the road for some reason. The sidewalk where the accident happened is well away from the road, more than just a swerve onto the sidewalk from the road. Absolutely a tragic occurrence, but why bring the taxpayers into it. And it is a county road, but still maintained by the taxpayer. Looks like the esquire wants another boat payment by picking the taxpayers pocket.

Anonymous said...

POS Lawyer. Come on a guard rail on that road. Tragic things happen and sometimes you must accept it instead of blaming others. What if a vehicle malfunctioned. Sue the driver's mechanic and car company too.

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